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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092020/early-life-social-isolation-induced-depressive-like-behavior-in-rats-results-in-microglial-activation-and-neuronal-histone-methylation-that-are-mitigated-by-minocycline
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Hong-Tao Wang, Fu-Lian Huang, Zhao-Lan Hu, Wen-Juan Zhang, Xiao-Qing Qiao, Yan-Qing Huang, Ru-Ping Dai, Fang Li, Chang-Qi Li
Early-life stress is a potent risk factor for development of psychiatric conditions such as depression. The underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here, we used the early-life social isolation (ESI) model of early-life stress in rats to characterize development of depressive-like behavior, the role of microglia, levels of histone methylation, as well as expression of glutamate receptor subunits in the hippocampus. We found that depressive-like behavior was induced after ESI as determined by sucrose preference and forced swimming tests...
January 16, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089695/the-pharmacology-of-tacrine-at-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptors
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REVIEW
Martin Horak, Kristina Holubova, Eugenie Nepovimova, Jan Krusek, Martina Kaniakova, Jan Korabecny, Ladislav Vyklicky, Kamil Kuca, Ales Stuchlik, Jan Ricny, Karel Vales, Ondrej Soukup
The mechanism of tacrine as a precognitive drug has been considered to be complex and not fully understood. It has been reported to involve a wide spectrum of targets involving cholinergic, gabaergic, nitrinergic and glutamatergic pathways. Here, we review the effect of tacrine and its derivatives on the NMDA receptors (NMDAR) with a focus on the mechanism of action and biological consequences related to the Alzheimer's disease treatment. Our findings indicate that effect of tacrine on glutamatergic neurons is both direct and indirect...
January 13, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087359/the-effect-of-nmda-r-antagonism-on-simultaneously-acquired-local-field-potentials-and-tissue-oxygen-levels-in-the-brains-of-freely-moving-rats
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John Kealy, Sean Commins, John P Lowry
Non-competitive NMDA receptor antagonists are known to induce psychosis-like symptoms in rodents. Administration of such compounds cause behavioural effects such as memory impairment and hyperlocomotion. Additionally, drugs such as phencyclidine (PCP), ketamine and MK-801 all cause distinctive increases in striatal local field potential (LFP) in the high frequency oscillation (HFO) band in the power spectrum (140-180 Hz). Amperometric sensors provide a means to measure tissue oxygen (tO2; a BOLD-like signal) in the brains of freely-moving rats while simultaneously acquiring LFP using the same electrode...
January 10, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087150/apelin-protects-against-nmda-induced-retinal-neuronal-death-via-an-apj-receptor-by-activating-akt-and-erk1-2-and-suppressing-tnf-%C3%AE-expression-in-mice
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Yuki Ishimaru, Akihide Sumino, Daiki Kajioka, Fumiya Shibagaki, Akiko Yamamuro, Yasuhiro Yoshioka, Sadaaki Maeda
Glutamate excitotoxicity mediated by N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors is an important cause of retinal ganglion cell death in glaucoma. To elucidate whether apelin protects against retinal neuronal cell death, we examined protective effects of exogenous and endogenous apelin on neuronal cell death induced by intravitreal injection of NMDA in the retinas of mice. An intravitreal injection of NMDA induced neuronal cell death in both the retinal ganglion cell layer and inner nuclear layer, and reduced the amplitudes of scotopic threshold response (STR) in electroretinography studies...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065841/the-neurotoxic-mechanisms-of-amphetamine-step-by-step-for-striatal-dopamine-depletion
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Che-Se Tung, Shang-Tang Chang, Chuen-Lin Huang, Nai-Kuei Huang
Amphetamine (AMPH) is a commonly abused psychostimulant that induces neuronal cell death/degeneration in humans and experimental animals. Although multiple neurotoxic mechanisms of AMPH have been intensively investigated, the interplay between these mechanisms has remained elusive. In this study, we used a rat model of AMPH-induced long-lasting striatal dopamine (DA) depletion and identified mechanisms of neurotoxicity, energy failure, excitotoxicity, and oxidative stress. Pretreatment with nicotinamide (NAM, a co-factor for the electron transport chain) blocked AMPH-induced free radical formation, energy failure, and striatal DA decrease...
January 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058526/citrate-a-ubiquitous-key-metabolite-with-regulatory-function-in-the-cns
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Niels Westergaard, Helle S Waagepetersen, Bo Belhage, Arne Schousboe
Citrate is key constituent of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, serves as substrate for fatty acid and sterol biosynthesis, and functions as a key regulator of intermediary energy metabolism. Ursula Sonnewald had initiated studies using for the first time both proton- and (13)C-NMR to investigate metabolic processes in cultured neurons and astrocytes resulting in the important observation that citrate was specifically synthesized in and released from astrocytes in large amounts which is in keeping with the high concentration found in the CSF...
January 5, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052643/regulation-of-blood-glucose-level-by-kainic-acid-in-mice-involvement-of-glucocorticoid-system-and-non-nmda-receptors
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Chea-Ha Kim, Soo-Hyun Park, Yun-Beom Sim, Sung-Su Kim, Jun-Sub Jung, Naveen Sharma, Hong-Won Suh
Kainic acid (KA) is a well-known excitatory neurotoxic substance. In the present study, effects of KA-injected intraperitoneally (i.p.), intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) or intrathecally (i.t.) on the blood glucose level were investigated in ICR mice. We found that KA administered intraperitoneally (i.p.), intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) or intrathecally (i.t.) increased the blood glucose and corticosterone levels, suggesting that KA-induced hyperglycemia appeared to be due to increased blood corticosterone level...
28, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052116/functional-maturation-of-human-stem-cell-derived-neurons-in-long-term-cultures
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Rebecca S Lam, Felix M Töpfer, Phillip G Wood, Volker Busskamp, Ernst Bamberg
Differentiated neurons can be rapidly acquired, within days, by inducing stem cells to express neurogenic transcription factors. We developed a protocol to maintain long-term cultures of human neurons, called iNGNs, which are obtained by inducing Neurogenin-1 and Neurogenin-2 expression in induced pluripotent stem cells. We followed the functional development of iNGNs over months and they showed many hallmark properties for neuronal maturation, including robust electrical and synaptic activity. Using iNGNs expressing a variant of channelrhodopsin-2, called CatCh, we could control iNGN activity with blue light stimulation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043916/ketamine-accelerates-fear-extinction-via-mtorc1-signaling
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Matthew J Girgenti, Sriparna Ghosal, Dora LoPresto, Jane R Taylor, Ronald S Duman
Impaired fear extinction contributes to the persistence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and can be utilized for the study of novel therapeutic agents. Glutamate plays an important role in the formation of traumatic memories, and in the pathophysiology and treatment of PTSD, highlighting several possible drug targets. Recent clinical studies demonstrate that infusion of ketamine, a glutamate NMDA receptor antagonist, rapidly and significantly reduces symptom severity in PTSD patients. In the present study, we examine the mechanisms underlying the actions of ketamine in a rodent model of fear conditioning, extinction, and renewal...
December 30, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043063/investigation-of-neuronal-auto-antibodies-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-with-epilepsy
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Zerrin Karaaslan, Esme Ekizoğlu, Pınar Tektürk, Ece Erdağ, Erdem Tüzün, Nerses Bebek, Candan Gürses, Betül Baykan
PURPOSE: Epilepsy is an important feature for neuropsychiatric involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with unknown mechanism. Our aim was to investigate the presence of neuronal auto-antibodies (NAbs) in neuropsychiatric SLE (NPSLE). METHODS: Eighteen SLE patients (17 females, 1 male) experiencing recurrent seizures were enrolled to this study. Their clinical characteristics, EEG and MRI findings and follow-up information were evaluated from their files...
December 14, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041893/effects-of-methylmercury-on-spinal-cord-afferents-and-efferents-a-review
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Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez, Heidi E Hannon, William D Atchison
Methylmercury (MeHg) is an environmental neurotoxicant of public health concern. It readily accumulates in exposed humans, primarily in neuronal tissue. Exposure to MeHg, either acutely or chronically, causes severe neuronal dysfunction in the central nervous system and spinal neurons; dysfunction of susceptible neuronal populations results in neurodegeneration, at least in part through Ca(2+)-mediated pathways. Biochemical and morphologic changes in peripheral neurons precede those in central brain regions, despite the fact that MeHg readily crosses the blood-brain barrier...
December 29, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039402/high-and-low-conductance-nmda-receptors-are-present-in-layer-4-spiny-stellate-and-layer-2-3-pyramidal-neurons-of-mouse-barrel-cortex
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Christian Scheppach
N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors are ion channels activated by the neurotransmitter glutamate in the mammalian brain and are important in synaptic function and plasticity, but are also found in extrasynaptic locations and influence neuronal excitability. There are different NMDA receptor subtypes which differ in their single-channel conductance. Recently, synaptic plasticity has been studied in the mouse barrel cortex, the primary sensory cortex for input from the animal's whiskers. Pharmacological data imply the presence of low-conductance NMDA receptors in spiny stellate neurons of cortical layer 4, but of high-conductance NMDA receptors in pyramidal neurons of layer 2/3...
December 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039371/granular-layer-neurons-control-cerebellar-neurovascular-coupling-through-an-nmda-receptor-no-dependent-system
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Lisa Mapelli, Giuseppe Gagliano, Teresa Soda, Umberto Laforenza, Francesco Moccia, Egidio D'Angelo
: Neurovascular coupling (NVC) is the process whereby neuronal activity controls blood vessel diameter. In the cerebellum, the molecular layer is regarded as the main NVC determinant. However, the granular layer is a region with variable metabolic demand caused by large activity fluctuations, that shows a prominent expression of NMDA receptors (NMDARs) and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and is therefore much more suitable for effective NVC. Here we show that, in the granular layer of acute rat cerebellar slices, capillary diameter rapidly changes following mossy fiber stimulation...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039043/cathepsin-s-in-the-spinal-microglia-contributes-to-remifentanil-induced-hyperalgesia-in-rats
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L Ye, L Xiao, S Y Yang, J J Duan, Y Chen, Y Cui, Y Chen
Cysteine protease cathepsin S (CatS) expressed by spinal microglia has been shown to play a critical role in nerve injury and inflammation-induced chronic pain. However, whether microglial CatS contributes to remifentanil-induced acute hyperalgesia remains unstudied. In the present study, intravenous remifentanil infusion induced a significant increase in the expression of premature and mature form of CatS in the activated microglia in the spinal cord. Spinal delivery of irreversible CatS inhibitor LHVS reduced hyperalgesia, attenuated activation of spinal microglia and blocked phosphorylation of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor NR1 subunit induced by remifentanil...
December 28, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034786/bidirectional-modulation-of-taste-aversion-extinction-by-insular-cortex-ltp-and-ltd
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Luis F Rodríguez-Durán, Araceli Martínez-Moreno, Martha L Escobar
The history of activity of a given neuron has been proposed to bidirectionally influence its future response to synaptic inputs. In particular, induction of synaptic plasticity expressions such as long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) modifies the performance of several behavioral tasks. Our previous studies in the insular cortex (IC), a neocortical region that has been related to acquisition and retention of conditioned taste aversion (CTA), have demonstrated that induction of LTP in the basolateral amygdaloid nucleus (Bla)-IC pathway before CTA training enhances the retention of this task...
December 27, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032294/examination-of-the-role-of-nmda-and-gabaa-receptors-in-the-effects-of-hyperbaric-oxygen-on-striatal-dopamine-levels-in-rats
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C Lavoute, M Weiss, J J Risso, J C Rostain
Hyperbaric oxygen induced in rats a decrease in striatal dopamine levels. Such decrease could be a result of changes in glutamatergic and GABAergic controls of the dopaminergic neurons into the Substantia Nigra Pars Compacta. The aim of this study was to determine the role of gluatamatergic and Gama-Amino-Butyric-Acid neurotransmissions in this alteration. Dopamine-sensitive electrodes were implanted into the striatum under general anesthesia. After one week rest, awaked rats were exposed to oxygen-nitrogen mixture at a partial pressure of oxygen of 3 absolute atmospheres...
December 28, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027456/immunohistochemical-localization-of-ionotropic-glutamate-receptors-in-the-rat-red-nucleus
#17
Zehra Minbay, Sema Serter Kocoglu, Duygu Gok Yurtseven, Ozhan Eyigor
In this study, we aimed to determine the presence as well as the diverse distribution of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and non-NMDA glutamate receptor subunits in the rat red nucleus. Using adult Sprague-Dawley rats as the experimental animals, immunohistochemistry was performed on 30 µm thick coronal brain sections with antibodies against α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (GluA1-4), kainate (GluK1, GluK2/3, and GluK5), and NMDA (GluN1 and GluN2A) receptor subunits. The results showed that all ionotropic glutamate receptor subunits are expressed in the red nucleus...
December 21, 2016: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011391/pathophysiology-of-status-epilepticus
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REVIEW
Matthew C Walker
Status epilepticus (SE) is the maximal expression of epilepsy with a high morbidity and mortality. It occurs due to the failure of mechanisms that terminate seizures. Both human and animal data indicate that the longer a seizure lasts, the less likely it is to stop. Recent evidence suggests that there is a critical transition from an ictal to a post-ictal state, associated with a transition from a spatio-temporally desynchronized state to a highly synchronized state, respectively. As SE continues, it becomes progressively resistant to drugs, in particular benzodiazepines due partly to NMDA receptor-dependent internalization of GABA(A) receptors...
December 20, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009274/targeted-intron-retention-and-excision-for-rapid-gene-regulation-in-response-to-neuronal-activity
#19
Oriane Mauger, Frédéric Lemoine, Peter Scheiffele
Activity-dependent transcription has emerged as a major source of gene products that regulate neuronal excitability, connectivity, and synaptic properties. However, the elongation rate of RNA polymerases imposes a significant temporal constraint for transcript synthesis, in particular for long genes where new synthesis requires hours. Here we reveal a novel, transcription-independent mechanism that releases transcripts within minutes of neuronal stimulation. We found that, in the mouse neocortex, polyadenylated transcripts retain select introns and are stably accumulated in the cell nucleus...
December 21, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005447/gynostemma-pentaphyllum-ethanolic-extract-protects-against-memory-deficits-in-an-mptp-lesioned-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-treated-with-l-dopa
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Kyung Sook Kim, Ting Ting Zhao, Keon Sung Shin, Hyun Jin Park, Yoon Jeong Cho, Kyung Eun Lee, Seung Hwan Kim, Myung Koo Lee
This study investigated the effects of ethanol extract from Gynostemma pentaphyllum (GP-EX) on memory deficits in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-lesioned mouse model of Parkinson's disease (PD) (MPTP-lesioned mice). MPTP (30 mg/kg/day, 5 days)-lesioned mice showed deficits of habit learning memory and spatial memory, which were further aggravated by treatment with L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) (25 mg/kg, 21 days). However, treatment with GP-EX (50 mg/kg, 21 days) ameliorated memory deficits in MPTP-lesioned mice treated with L-DOPA (25 mg/kg): GP-EX prevented the decreases in retention latency time in the passive avoidance test and tyrosine hydroxylase-immunopositive cells and dopamine levels in the nigrostriatum...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Food
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